Nissan Kicks India will be the big ticket for Nissan to make itself heard in the Indian market. The competition has opened up space for it
Nissan along with Datsun and Renault came to India in the year 2010. These three brands haven’t had much of a success till the year 2014 when Renault launched the Duster. The car kicked off the India innings for both brands and after that they were in the lime light for many reasons. Sharing the same cars but with badge engineering and pricing strategies for their cars. Now these three brands are known for small cars that they are making such as Kwid, GO, ReDiGO and many more.
Nissan, However, has always taken the premium way for products and it has given us the Micra premium hatchback along with top of the lineup products. It launched the Terrano which was badge engineered Duster, but that did work out well. To replace it completely now, it has unveiled the Kick worldwide. Nissan confirms that the car is coming to India. The car has some serious rivals and it has some serious potential as well to take them head on. Let’s find out what it has in store for everyone.
Nissan Kicks India – Engine, Gearbox and Mileage
Reason why Nissan Kicks will be successful is because the car is set to get the tried and tested to the very extent, the 1.5 diesel K9K engine. The engine will have 110 BHP tune or even more to make it segment best in this category as well. We expect it to see the 1.6 petrol engine which can run on flex-fuel. Which is either petrol or ethanol. The petrol engine will also make around the 120 BHP mark and have 200 Nm of torque. Petrol engine could also get automatic gearbox option as well. Nissan makes a good CVT gearbox, which is in its second generation.
Nissan Kicks Design and Dimensions
Kicks is a butch looking SUV. Front fascia is aggressive with the typical Nissan Grille. The headlamps have a softer and flowing edge to them. Color contrast roof seems to be every SUV’s favorite thing. Big wheels such as 16 or 17-inch will make it to he SUV along with high ground clearance it will be a proper SUV with its tall stance indeed. Rear is a very sporty looking side of the car as it has edgy tail lights, a compact tail gate and overall, should appeal to everyone, especially the youth.
Length – 4300 mm
Width – 1800 mm
Height – 1600 mm
Wheelbase – 2620 mm
Ground Clearance – 190 mm*
Nissan Kicks India – Chassis, suspension and off-road
The SUV will be a monocoque chassis equipped and hence will be lighter, economical and will have good performance numbers. Suspension wise we expect Mc Pherson struts at front and Torison Beam at the rear. Off-road will be tricky before AWD is given as option. For beginning we expect it to have Front wheel drive version only. Discs all around can be expected on all four wheels of the Nissan Kicks.
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Nissan Kicks India – Interiors and Features
We expect high quality interiors with the Kicks and like other Nissan cars of the past. Feature set will include a 7-inch touch screen infotainment system. Connectivity options such as Bluetooth, USB, AUX and SD card options. Electric ORVM’s, climate control, steering mounted audio controls, cruise control, sunroof and much more can make it to the Nissan Kicks India specific model. Space in the front, rear and boot is class leading according to Nissan’s claims.
Nissan Kicks India – Launch and Price
Launch in Q3 2018 is scheduled. We expect it to be priced to be around Rs. 8 lakh mark with three variants to choose from it will go all the way till Rs. 13-14 lakhs
Nissan Kicks India – Safety Features
ABS and EBD along with dual airbags should be standard on all variants. We expect to see Curtain and side airbags which should make the airbag count six in total to make it to the top-end variants of the car.
Nissan Kicks India Competition
Hyundai Creta, Renault Duster, Honda BRV, Maruti Suzuki S-Cross, Honda HRV and Renault Kaptur
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